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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Apr 1862

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p.2 yacht race to be held at Cobourg on 12th May between Arrow,19 tons and George Steers, 27 tons, from Cobourg Light, around Shoal Tower in this harbor and back.

-A Sad Accident - man hurt while making withes at Garden Island.

-Kingston Commerce and Marine - Steamer Boston, bound for Toronto, from Brockville, left Kingston this morning at 6 o'clock. She was detained a day and a night by the fog here and on the river. She belongs to Mr. George Chaffey of this city. The Wellington left Garden Island for Hamilton on Thursday night. The Bowmanville, with a full cargo of flour from Toronto for Ogdensburgh, passed down the South channel yesterday morning. The Huron for the same place, with 4,000 bbls of flour, passed down this channel.

The First Load of Grain For Kingston - The Schooner Caroline Marsh, from Port Hope, is now lying at the Elevator Wharf with a cargo of 14,000 bushels of wheat. She arrived last night. This is the first load of grain brought to Kingston since the opening of navigation. Anderson and Ford's Wharf - The schooner Adams left this wharf yesterday morning for Chicago. She was in ballast. The Bay of Quinte will start for Picton and Belleville on Tuesday next.

The propeller Indian is loading at Kinghorn's Wharf with 20,000 lbs of iron for Toronto and Hamilton. She was to have sailed this afternoon.

Steamer Ottawa - This steamer, we are glad to see, is again afloat. Our worthy neighbor, Mr. Calvin, has, in this instance, acted with his usual skill and intelligence. The steamer William, with five large pumps, crossed from Garden Island on Tuesday afternoon, and commenced preparations for raising, which were not completed until Wednesday evening. At 6 a.m. on Thursday the work of pumping was fairly commenced, and continued until 11:30 a.m., thus occupying three hours and a half to pump and raise the vessel. Four pumps were then detached, leaving the largest in place for use if required, but, except a few strokes at lengthened intervals, the actual time of raising, was as stated. Two hand pumps were then placed in the after part of the boat, to pump her dry. She is now perfectly dry, and does not leak in the slightest degree. The cause of her sinking was the ice forcing one of the pipes, during the absence of the men who were at work on her, and occurring on a Sunday evening. The water obtained the mastery before assistance was had to prevent her going down. The cost of raising will not exceed $700, if so much. There is every reason to suppose she will be ready to run by the end of next week at latest.

Our worthy contemporary of the News has again given a Cock and Bull story as to what he calls facts relating to this vessel, - he is equally at fault in his statement of this morning respecting her, as he was as to her sinking. It is a pity he does not take more pains to ascertain the correctness of his statements, as they are likely to injure those concerned. - In noticing the departure of the Colonist a day or two since, he stated she had on a load of iron for Toledo, while in fact she had on only 5 tons. Such statements cannot improve the reputation of his paper.

-Lake Erie Open - The navigation of Lake Erie has been resumed, and steam propellers are running between Dunkirk and Buffalo, Cleveland and Toledo. In a few days navigation will be resumed to Chicago.

-Navigation 1862 - As the Canal navigation will soon open, we have taken some trouble to procure correct information respecting our carrying fleet of steamers, schooners and barges for the coming season, and we now give it. - We expect it will be correct, as the returns were sent in by the different Forwarders:

Jacques, Tracy & Co. Line Steamers - Huron capacity brls 3800

Colonist do 3800

Indian do 3000

Avon do 3000

Ottawa do 3000

St. Lawrence do 3000 - 19,600 Black & Perry (Beaver Line) str Bowmanville brls 3500

str Ranger do 2900

prop Whitby do 3200

prop Magnet do 2900 - 12500

Cowan & Holcomb str West brls 3800

str Brantford do 3800

str George Moffatt do 2700

str Wellington do 3500

str Boston do 3000 - 16800

The Mail Line, consisting of the Kingston, Passport, Champion, Magnet,

Banshee and New Era, which average 1750 brls each ..10500 59400

This compasses the through steamers. - We have, further, the American line connecting with British steamers at Ogdensburgh; last year the Welland and Ottawa were on the route, each carrying 1500 brls. The Ottawa was sold this spring, but will be replaced, we are informed, by another boat.

We have, also, the Bay of Quinte Line, John F. McCuaig, Agent. It consists of the steamers St. Lawrence and Indian, and barge India. The capacity of the steamers is 3400 barrels of flour, and of the barge 9000 bushels of wheat.

Next comes the Beauharnois Navigation Company, from Cornwall to Montreal. It consists of the

Salaberry capacity brls 1200

Richelieu do 500

As regards barges, Jacques, Tracy & Co., are agents for E. Berry & Co. Their fleet consists of 8 barges, carrying 100,000 bushels of wheat; 7 of them have been nearly rebuilt this last winter. Cowan & Holcomb, 27 barges and 4 lake schooners, capable of carrying 250,000 bushels. They have also two tug steamers, the Jenny Lind and Gem, and a new floating Elevator in Kingston. We may mention that the Brantford and George Moffat have been thoroughly repaired, and now class A 2 for three years.

Glassford, Jones & Co.'s fleet, between Kingston and Montreal, consists of 26 craft, the carrying capacity of which is equal to 280,000 bushels per trip; they have also two tug steamers. They will have several schooners on the lakes in connection with their barges at Kingston. They have also made arrangements for 14 extra barges capable of carrying 100,000 bushels. J. & H. McLennan have 14 barges, carrying 150,000 bushels.

Such is the return of steamers etc., regularly engaged in the trade; but should the supply coming forward prove more than expected, we can easily add largely to the number by hiring, the same as we did last year, a number of vessels engaged on other routes. We wrote recently on the probable rates at which freights would open this spring; we today quote from the Toronto Leader:-

"Freights have opened moderately, and wheat has been taken freely to Oswego at 3 1/2 to 4 per bushel; flour 14 to 16¢, although we believe plenty of vessels are offering 13¢. There is not much doing in freight further east than Oswego, although contracts have been made for flour by steamer to Montreal at (40)¢?, and wheat by schooner and barge at (10)¢?. Steamers ( ) without breaking bulk." [Montreal Herald]

-Navigation Open - ferry running between Belleville and Ameliasburg.

-The Great Western & the Lake Business - arrangements with props Allegheny, Union, Niagara and Sc... to run between Lake Michigan ports and Sarnia.

-preparations at Sarnia and Hamilton for new season described (part of article has been cut off edge of paper).

p.3 The Straits - will be late opening.

-navigation on canal will be late. [St. Catherines Journal]

-Ashore - prop. Bradbury driven ashore by gale near Toledo. [Toledo Comm.]

-Vessels Detained At This Port - cargo loaded and crew shipped but ice detains them. [Detroit Free Press]

-Fast In the Ice - schooner Elk still caught off Port Huron. [ibid]

-Imports - 17.

-ad for steamer Gazelle on Kingston and Gananoque route; Coleman Hinckley, Jr. Master, with timetable.

-ad for Kingston-Gananoque route - steamers Pierrepont and Gazelle with schedule.

-ad for steamer Bowmanville, Capt. Smith to leave for Toronto and Hamilton.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Apr 1862